New Book Claims Cheap Cruise Secrets

Just a gimmick to sell books or does it actually work? I haven’t read it but David Kirkland claims he has penned the book on how to cruise for cheap by writing Cruise Ships Secrets. David spent a decade working as officer on a cruise ship and has now over-promised ways of saving hundreds of […]

Five Resources to Research Shore Excursions

You’ve done it. You’ve booked a cruise; the countdown is officially on — now it’s time to plan your excursions – without breaking the bank. It can be done with the right research. If you’ve sailed before then you know that cruise ship shore excursions can add up. The cruise lines are in the business […]

Cruise Ship Fails Recent CDC Inspection, Many Pass

Holland America Line’s ms Veendam recently failed a surprise health inspection, according to the Center of Disease Control’s website. The CDC requires a score of 86 to pass the inspection, the Veendam scored a 77. The 1,350-guests Veendem was cited for infractions in the galley area, buffet area and dish washing area on August 19. […]

Five Ways to Score Last Minute Cruise Deals

It wasn’t that long ago when you could show up at the dock with your passport in hand and go on a sailing. These days, post- 9/11, and with increased homeland security, it’s nearly impossible. Even industry people who want to go on a ship for the day need to submit their paperwork at least […]

Cruise Port Parking Alternatives

If you’re driving to a cruise port to catch a sailing and don’t want to pay up to $20 per day to park, you’re in luck, there are cruise port parking alternatives out there. The fact is that a lot of folks don’t factor in the cost of cruise pier parking when it comes time to budgeting, […]

Question Answered: Travel Insurance and Hurricanes

This email came in last weekend from a passenger who was sailing aboard Carnival Legend when the ship was diverted from its original port of Tampa to Port Canaveral, Florida because of Tropical Storm Isaac.  We turned the question over to CEO Dan Skilken of TripInsurance.com for the final answer. I wasn’t going to post […]

River Ships: Cruising the narrow boat networks

You may be a seasoned professional when it comes to the vast open seas onboard a fully equipped cruise ship, but why not swap this season’s Caribbean cruise, complete with daily itinerary of port calls, for something a little more, well, little! Why choose a narrow boat? Narrow boats, for the eco-friendly amongst you, are […]

Survey Says — No Sign of Cruise Industry Downturn

A recent survey conducted by Harris Interactive shows that the American population still plans to cruise in spite of the events that led to the sinking of Costa Concordia this past January. “Among those travelers that have cruised in the past or plan to in the future, two-thirds (65%) shared that they are no more […]

Cruise Port Parking: Four Ways to Save

Flying to a cruise port isn’t cheap, but either is cruise port parking. When you tally up the fuel, wear on the car  and those dreaded port parking charges, it starts to add up. While I can’t help you with the fuel or wear and tear on your vehicle, I can give you some options […]

New Cruise Terminal Set to Service First Ship August 13

A year ago ground was broken on Port Canaveral’s $65 million then-upcoming cruise terminal, fast forward to current and that new terminal will soon be servicing her first cruise ship. The 2,056-guest Carnival Ecstasy is slated to use the brand new Terminal 6 on August 13, according to Seatrade Insider. The new cruise terminal will be […]